Wisconsin football signee Jonathan Taylor provided an exclamation point at the end of his illustrious high school athletic career on Saturday afternoon. The Salem (N.J.) High School senior repeated as overall state champion in the 100-meter dash.
After advancing past preliminaries, the Group I champion clocked a 10.64-second sprint in New Jersey’s Meet of Champions, comprised of runners from various sections of state competition. He finished four hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place competitor, according to Mile Split NJ.
Taylor, a 6-foot, 211-pound running back, won this event last year and, after finishing fourth in the qualifying race Saturday, secured a rare back-to-back title.
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His eventful day also featured participation in the 4×100-meter relay. Salem fell short in that race, settling for a fifth-place finish, per Mile Split NJ.
Taylor, who signed with Wisconsin in February, also enjoyed a phenomenal football career at Salem. He broke the South Jersey single-season rushing record in 2016, dominating defenses en route to 2,815 yards and 37 total touchdowns, per Joseph Santoliquito of NJ.com.
That output shattered the previous single-season record (2,510), which belonged to Corey Clement, who led Wisconsin in rushing yards last fall before moving on to an NFL career.
Taylor could enter the mix immediately as Clement’s replacement in Madison. He averaged nearly 235 yards rushing per game in 2016, and finished his high school career with 4,642 yards and 49 touchdowns.
He possesses the size to break through tackles and pick up tough yardage. And, as his state-winning sprint showcased Saturday, Taylor has breakaway speed.
Before committing to Wisconsin in November, Taylor previously pledged to in-state Rutgers. His offer list also included Boston College, Temple and Virginia Tech.
“I graduate in June, but I will leave for Wisconsin right after. I can’t wait to begin” Taylor told Santoliquito on National Signing Day. “It’s a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started.”
Taylor is considered a 4-star talent and a top-20 running back by 247Sports.